Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ginger Rogers Piñata Tutorial

For my Dad's 60th birthday my family and I went all out. We threw him a surprise Ginger Rogers themed party. I made a piñata of her, and it was quite the process. I decided to make a tutorial of how I made her for you guys to check out!
cardboard/thick paper scraps
cereal boxes
paper mache mixture (1 part flour, two parts water)
crepe paper
cotton balls
tape (masking and duct)
news paper
2" ruler
mod podge
exacto knife (optional)
heavy duty string

The base of Ginger is made with balloons, toilet paper rolls, and a cereal box for the feet. 
I made holes in a cheerio box to fit the toilet paper roll and then added a base to make it sturdier. 

I shortened a toilet paper roll for the neck to connect the body to the head. 

Then taped some arms on. 

Then I covered the shape with strips of news paper (I cut mine in two inch strips) dipped in my paper mache mix. 

This is a photo of the newspaper dry.  I did three layers of paper mache. 

I then covered her body with a nude crepe paper and mod podge. 
I decided to give her some boobs to give her more shape and not look so round. I taped cotton balls on, they ended up giving her a Madonna look haha. 

I decided to fill her before I started decorating her too much. So I cut a hole in the body and the head. 

I filled her with some of my dad's favorites, which include Little Debbies :)

I then started working on her dress. I used crepe paper and mod podge.

I taped a folder on to make her dress go out. 

This is a photo from the back while I was working on fringing the skirt of her dress.  I used the opening in the back and poked a hole in her head to attach the string for her to hang on. I reinforced that hole with many layers of duct tape so it would be strong enough to hold her. 

I dyed some cotton balls for her hair. I used a water based paint, but this took forever to dry,  I even had to pull out a hair dryer at one point, so I would recommend a light spray paint, or just buying colored pom-poms. 

I then started working on her face. I also used crepe paper and some paint. 

Side of Gingers head.

All Done!


This is what I was going for haha. She kind of ended up looking more like a muppet!

But my Dad loved her, and that's all that matters.

Piñatas are time consuming but so much fun. I really enjoyed making this one of Ginger Rogers.  I have a few more coming up for my kids camp this summer so stay tuned!

Becky Jane

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